K2VIEW MARKET GUIDE

iPaaS Vendors and Market Guide

Today’s enterprises are highly focused on data integration, with the global iPaaS market expected to reach $10 billion by 2025, with a 5-year CAGR of more than 40%.

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INTRO

iPaaS Vendors Wanted

The concept of integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is focused on standardizing multiple data integration applications, and making the inclusion of on-premise and/or cloud endpoints relatively simple. With iPaaS in place, enterprises can easily share data across applications, and automate business processes.

The rising popularity of iPaaS technology increases the need to find the right iPaaS vendors for each business sector. This guide provides a brief overview of iPaaS, a list of the key vendor requirements, a table of the leading iPaaS vendors (along with their respective pros and cons), and a new approach that promises to address most iPaaS challenges.

Chapter 01

What is iPaaS

iPaaS is a single platform that enables data consumers to implement application, API, data and process integration projects, involving any combination of cloud-based, and/or on-premise, endpoints. It develops, deploys, executes, manages, and monitors integration flows/processes across multiple endpoints.

Typical iPaaS scenarios include:

  • Business-to-business (B2B) integration

  • Application-to-application (A2A) integration

  • Cloud service integration (CSI)

  • Mobile application integration (MAI)

  • Internet of Things (IoT) integration

Analyst firm Gartner considers an iPaaS to be enterprise-grade if it supports projects requiring high availability/disaster recovery (HA/DR), service-level agreements (SLAs), security, and technical support.

Chapter 02

Why iPaaS

iPaaS standardizes how an enterprise’s current apps are integrated, and new apps are added, simplifying the movement of all data types across applications, while also delivering the required integration functionality.

iPaaS maintains, monitors, and updates processes dynamically across applications, which are in a constant state of flux (i.e., added, deleted, or changed). It lets data engineers and consumers build, manage, and maintain integrations simply.

Chapter 03

iPaaS Capabilities

Data integration & delivery blue-Nov-01-2021-01-44-40-33-PMiPaaS supports a wide range of data sources and delivery modes.

Core capabilities of iPaaS include:

  • Data connectivity
    Data connectivity ingests data in any delivery mode, from any source, and then transforms it for delivery, in any format, to any target.

  • Data/application integration
    Data integration builds and manages scalable data pipelines between source and target systems, for analytical and operational use cases.  

  • Data orchestration
    Data orchestration unifies, transforms, and enriches data, from any source system into any target application, rapidly and simply.

  • Data governance
    Data governance assures data quality, enforces data privacy, and makes the data easily accessible at massive scale.

  • Data catalogue and data lineage
    A data catalog is embedded into the company's data fabric to classify and inventory data assets, and optically map information supply chains to reveal data lineage.

The platform should also be able to handle lifecycle management and monitoring (management of the cloud integrations), API management, and error handling. In short, it must be flexible and scalable enough to meet the highly demanding requirements of today’s data management.

Chapter 04

iPaaS Vendor Requirements

Companies looking to work with the best iPaaS vendors face a complex mix of offerings, in which multiple solutions provide different advantages that can be complicated to compare and evaluate. As solutions consolidate and new technologies are born, the ecosystem grows more impressive, on the one hand, but harder to navigate, on the other.

Here are the main parameters enterprises should focus on:

  • Business use cases: Does the iPaaS vendor answer the company’s intended use cases?
  • Industry compatibility: Can the iPaaS vendor support specific industry needs?
  • Workload support: Can the platform handle both analytical and operational workloads?
  • Data management: How is the data organized, and how can this method affect the organization?
  • Endpoint variety: How many endpoints are expected, and what is their nature? Can the vendor support these integration mechanisms and technologies (e.g., push, pull, streaming, messaging, ETL/ELT, etc.)?
  • Scale and performance: Can the platform support large volumes of data and provide superior performance?
  • Deployment capabilities: Can the vendor operate in hybrid, multi-cloud, and on-premise environments?
  • Architectural support: Can the platform support various data management architectures, such as Data Mesh, Data Fabric and Data Hub?
  • Cost: What are the pricing models, and do they fit the company's financial plans and budgets?
  • API management: Does the iPaaS vendor offer API integration?
  • AI capabilities: Does the platform offer autonomous, AI-powered features?
  • Security: Does the iPaaS vendor meet all necessary compliance and security demands?
  • Ease of use: How easy it is for business users to consume data, and for data engineers and data managers to modify data management flows?

It’s important to realize that while enterprises may be tempted to select a single platform that answers all of needs, there’s a good chance that multiple platforms would fulfill their requirements more effectively.

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Chapter 05

Top iPaaS Vendors

The following table lists the pros and cons of the industry’s leading iPaaS vendors:

Vendors

Pros

Cons 

 

K2View

  • Single, integrated platform, bringing together a variety of capabilities in support of a wide range of use cases

  • Innovative, patented technology, allowing for real-time integration of massive amounts of data

  • Optimized solutions for both analytical and operational workloads

  • Support for mesh, fabric, and hub architectures, operating on-premise, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments

  • Enterprise focus, with vast experience and in-depth understanding

  • No small/mid-sized customers

  • Deployments limited to the telco, healthcare, and financial services markets

  • Few system integration partners outside North America and Europe

 

IICS
(Informatica)

  • Market leader

  • Broad integration offering, suitable for both cloud and hybrid environments

  • AI-powered, autonomous platform

  • Need for better technical support for, and incident interactions with, customers wishing to migrate existing on-premise workloads

  • Little use of the platform’s API-based application and process integration capabilities

  • Complex and ambitious roadmap to synergize with an extended range of automated operational and data intelligence

 

Boomi

  • Enterprise platform, suitable for companies of every size

  • Good brand recognition

  • Targeted to specific industries

  • Platform (recently acquired from Dell by Francisco Partners) needs to be field-tested in terms of functionality and pricing

 

Oracle

  • Broad set of EiPaaS capabilities

  • Good sales execution

  • Large partner network with global reach

  • Customer satisfaction issues surrounding Oracle support

  • Challenges navigating the various pricing models

  • Fears that customers integrating non-Oracle applications may be limited to the company’s partner network

 

SAP

  • Broad offering, supporting many different integration scenarios

  • Large global installed base, with a targeted Business/IT sales approach

  • Process-oriented, pre-packaged integrations in the future

  • Platform focused on SAP users alone

  • Little support for on-premise deployment

  • Certain features dependent on third-party vendors such as Cloud Elements, Google (Apigee), and Solace.

 

 

Chapter 06

Why Fabric as a Service is the Ultimate Enterprise iPaaS Solution

Fabric as a Service (FaaS) is the perfect iPaaS solution for the enterprise because it transforms all the organization’s data, wherever it is, into business-centric data products.

Data products are business entities – such as customers, products, suppliers, orders, or anything else that’s important to your business – managed as a logical unit in terms of definition, and data instances.

Each data product is unified in its own secure Micro-Database™, continuously in sync with all source systems, and instantly accessible to all data consumers.

FaaS delivers a trusted, real-time view of any data product, deploys in weeks, scales linearly, and adapts to change on the fly. It supports modern data architectures – such as data mesh, data fabric, data hub, and multi-domain MDM – in on-premise, cloud, or hybrid environments.